The more media literate individuals in a society, the more empowered that society is. Educators, journalists, students, and the general public all benefit from information, but even more so from the ability to analyze that information.
Do you know if your media sources are ethical? Can you recognize bias in the media, or corporate influences? Are you aware of the rising roll of media watchdogs, which may also have their own political or social agendas?
Are you able to voice your own beliefs? Do you know how to find intellectual property law resources to learn how to protect your expression? As a teacher, do you incorporate media literacy into the classroom?
From critical thinking to self-expression, media literacy includes the fundamentals of a thriving, independent society.